It's a treatment which carries a great deal of stigma and has suffered at the hands of some Hollywood movies. But electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), formerly known as electroshock therapy, is still being used with great effectiveness among mental health patients in Wales. It involves sending an electric current through the brain to trigger an epileptic seizure to relieve the symptoms of some mental health problems. Experts say it leads to “diverse changes” in brain function, cerebral blood flow, metabolism and neurotransmitter pathways. The treatment is given under a general anaesthetic and using muscle relaxants, so a patient’s body does not convulse during the seizure. Some patients report feeling significantly improved after a single session, while others take a little longer to benefit from this particular form of therapy. And some later relapse and need further sessions later on. Clinic manager Kara Hannigan, of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said she … [Read more...] about Patients in Wales given ‘electric shocks’ to help combat depression
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Scotland has a childhood obesity problem, and Nicola Sturgeon is – quite rightly – worried about it. Unfortunately, rather than undertake a serious analysis of the various nuanced socioeconomic factors at play in order to create a considered multi-pronged approach to tackle it, she’s been bitten by the Jamie Oliver bug, which has manifested over and over again as a shockingly thoughtless reaction along the lines of “This looks unhealthy! Let’s make it really expensive so that stupid poor people don’t eat it!” It was unfortunate that she unveiled her plans while meeting with Oliver, and that her quest to end two-for-one pizza deals has taken centre stage. It’s easy to see why – it’s not going down particularly well that a celebrity chef from Essex worth £400m, who owns a chain of fairly mediocre and overpriced Italian restaurants, is telling people in Scotland what sort of pizza they should and should not eat. This is part … [Read more...] about Is it me or is the idea of millionaire celebrity chef Jamie Oliver pricing poor people out of pizzas singularly uninspiring?
PUBLISHED: 14:02 14 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:02 14 May 2018 James Morris Islington Gazette: May 13, 1988 Archant A council poll found Islington was divided by rich and poor people. Who would have guessed it! In the Gazette’s words, the image of Islington’s as a “yuppie paradise full of Porsche-driving trendies” took a knock with the 500-page document based on 4,000 interviews with tenants and homeowners. It found 50 per cent of people hadn’t been on holiday in the past year, 40pc didn’t have an oven or washing machine, 30pc didn’t have a fridge or freezer, 23pc couldn’t afford proper central heating and 7pc struggled to scrape enough cash to feed themselves. Council leader Margaret Hodge said the survey would help councillors “plan the services that the people of Islington want”. The survey also produced one amusing result: more than 20pc thought Islington Council ran the police force. In seperate council news, town hall … [Read more...] about This week 30 years ago: Islington’s rich/poor divide exposed in poll that showed 30% of people didn’t have a fridge
A police force has defended its use of facial recognition technology after it was revealed that 2,000 people at the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff were wrongly identified by the software as potential criminals. South Wales Police began trialling the technology in June last year in a bid to catch more criminals, using cameras to scan faces in a crowd and compare them against a database of custody images. As 170,000 people descended on the Welsh capital for the game between Real Madrid and Juventus, 2,470 potential matches were identified. However, according to data on the force's website, 2,297 - 92% - were found to be "false positives". South Wales Police admitted that "no facial recognition system is 100% accurate", but said the technology had led to more than 450 arrests since its introduction. It also said no-one had been arrested after an incorrect match. A spokesman for the force said: "Over 2,000 positive matches have been made using our 'identify' facial recognition … [Read more...] about Police defend facial recognition technology that wrongly identified 2,000 people as potential criminals
COULD these habits be the key to your success? By Laura Mitchell / Published 9th April 2018 GETTY WEALTHY: Successful people actually take longer lunch breaks studies have revealed Talent, charisma and intelligence can all help on the road to success, but everyday habits can also play a powerful role.Having motivation and persistence helps a lot, but subconscious “habitual” activities actually take up around 40% of our waking hours.This means we are on autopilot for nearly half of our lives. This is why carving good habits is key if you want to make a success of yourself.As Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”Here we reveal nine common habits of highly successful people: The richest people in HISTORY Amazon's $106bn man Jeff Bezos is still not the richest person ever 1 / 15 AFP/Getty Images Jeff Bezos's $106 billion net worth makes him the world's richest man 1. … [Read more...] about How to get rich: Nine common habits of wealthy and successful people